There are some experiences that just cannot be described. They are to be felt ‘in the moment‘. The thrill of watching a Tofua’a (whale) is one of these. The first sighting of this magnificent creature is something you never forget. As it emerges from the depths of the ocean in a splash of waves, the sheer force of  it’s body starts a cyclonic effect in the waters and the sight is truly like watching music in motion.

This is my attempt to capture that first memorable glimpse of the mighty Tofua’a through the eye of a whale watcher.

Mediums: Traditional Tongo ink, special soil paint and acrylic on Tapa surface. Tongo ink is made from the extracted  fluid of Mangrove bark. The special soil used as paint is found only in specific places in the ancient island of Eua and in the past, it was used to wash hair. Tapa or Barkcloth – is made by beating the bark of the Tongan Mulberry tree for hours, until thin strips finally flatten and stretch out. These pieces are then joined together firmly to form a canvas like surface.

Size of Painting 1:14.5 inches (length) x 18.6 inches (breadth)

Size of Painting 2: 12.9 inches (length) x 19 inches(breadth)

Price: On Request

I  can be commissioned to work on specific artworks/ designs/ murals/ logos.